Kybella™ – Injectable treatment for “double chin” reduction
Kybella™ is the first and only FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness.
What is Submental Fullness?
Submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”, is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition that can impact a broad range of adults, including both women and men. Causes may include:
Aging: It may naturally develop as you age.
Genetics: Simply said, it may be part of your DNA.
Weight gain: It may be a result of gaining weight.
Sometimes, no matter how much you diet or exercise, the condition may not go away, and can make you look older and heavier than you actually are.
If you are bothered by it, you’re not alone.
According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). 67% of people said they’re bothered by submental fullness.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Kybella™?
- Is a nonsurgical, 15 to 20 minute in-office treatment session
- Is customized to help you achieve your treatment goals
- Destroys fat cells when injected into the fat beneath your chin. Once the aesthetic goal is achieved, re-treatment is not expected.
How Does Kybella™ Work?
The active ingredient in Kybella™ is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella™ causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Is Kybella™ right for me?
Kybella™ may be right for you if:
- You’re bothered by submental fullness
- Surgery is not an option for you
- You feel the condition makes you look older or heavier than you actually are
- You eat well and exercise, but submental fullness does not go away
How many people have been treated with Kybella™?
Kybella™ has been the focus of a global clinical development program involving more than 20 clinical studies with more than 2600 patients worldwide, of whom more than 1600 have been treated with Kybella™.
How is Kybella™ administered?
Kybella is typically given in a 15 to 20 minute in-office treatment session. Your doctor will give you a series of injections into the fat under your chin at each session.
Prior to administering Kybella™, your doctor may apply ice/cold packs or topical and/or injectable local anesthesia to the treatment area to make you more comfortable.
After treatment, apply ice or a cold pack to the treatment area for 10 to 15 minutes, as needed.
You and your doctor will customize your Kybella™ treatment based on the amount of submental fullness you have and your treatment goals.
How many treatments will I need?
Many patients treated with Kybella™ experience visible contouring of their profile in 2 to 4 treatments. Some people require up to 6 treatments in order to achieve results. Once your chin profile has improved, you may not need to be treated with Kybella™ again.
Is there downtime?
For most patients, downtime was minimal and occurred most commonly after the first treatment session. When scheduling your treatments, keep your social plans and work commitments in mind.
Will I experience any side effects?
As with any other injectable treatments, you may experience side effects with Kybella™. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
In clinical trials, the incidence and severity of most side effects decreased with subsequent Kybella™ treatments.